20 more days until Christmas! But who is counting? Ah yes, I am!
There is something about the holidays that fills me with joy. When I think back on the holidays of my childhood I remember joy, and a bit of chaos. If we traveled to see family there generally was always some sort of travel debacle, such as someone being late to pick us up or flight delays or someone being sick. I remember cooking, and lots of trips to the grocery store. I remember music and laughter, warm socks and new coats. There is a hustle and bustle to the holidays that all seems to flow in a way that doesn’t always make sense, and yet always gets done.
Within all the chaos it is easy to get caught up in it all and lose your way. Remember to just breathe. No one likes to be the debbie downer at the family function. As I mentioned in our podcast a few weeks ago, there is something to lowering your expectations to better meet reality. For example, if you have a relative who never remembers what you do for a living, instead of thinking that this is the year they’ll remember, expect them not to remember. Then if they do, you’re pleasantly surprised. And if they don’t, well at least they met expectations.
Being able to breathe and move with the chaos also requires you to take care of you. Last year I stole moments away to exercise and to read. I tried to make sure I wasn’t affecting any family plans, which at times meant I was getting up earlier then everyone to get my run in. I knew though that I needed that time to be my best self, and to be able to be fully present with my family and kids. And that is ok! Don’t let the craziness of this time of year mean you forget about what you need to do in order to be your best self. Your family needs you, and you need you!